BY BEN SCHMITT
FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER
A former Detroit police officer who recently showed up drunk at the Wayne County Jail, where he is serving on weekends, must undergo Breathalyzer tests each time he reports in the future.
Wayne County Circuit Judge David Groner was especially disturbed Wednesday to be told that Stevie Perry also had violated jail rules on Nov. 13 when he tried to sneak a cell phone, iPod and Tylenol into the jail in a plastic bag in his underwear.
Perry pleaded no-contest last month to stealing $27,000 from an auto-theft tip line.
As part of his deal, which dismissed five felonies for a misdemeanor, Perry was granted permission to begin serving his 32 days in jail on weekends before his sentencing date. He’s also on probation for two years. He also must make full restitution by his official Jan. 27 sentencing date.
Wayne County Sheriff’s Lt. Pat Owen, who oversees the jail’s work release and tether program, said Perry was visibly drunk when he was dropped off at the jail Friday. Groner said Perry’s blood alcohol level was more than double the legal limit of .08 for a Michigan motorist to be charged with drunken driving.
Owen said Perry was held in the jail’s segregation unit for the weekend and released at 9 p.m. Sunday, as his agreement states.
Perry’s lawyer Paul Bernier said his client was very sorry for his actions.
“What he did was unacceptable, and he knows that and he accepts that,” Bernier told Groner. “It did happen, and he apologizes.”
Groner said he also was concerned that he hadn’t been told about the Nov. 13 incident when Perry was placed in segregation for the weekend after trying to sneak in the cell phone and other items.
“I’m pretty amazed you would conduct yourself like that given the fact that you were a police officer all these years,” Groner said to Perry.
In ordering the Breathalyzer, Groner ordered Perry not to drink and told Owen to keep Perry locked up if he tests positive for alcohol again.